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Contracting Away Transparency: A Look at Human Rights Defense Center v. Correct Care Solutions LLC
Dan Marshall, general counsel and litigation director for the Human Rights Defense Center, explains a ruling by the Vermont Supreme Court that helps keep certain private companies subject to the state’s public records law. Marshall argued on behalf of the HRDC. NEFAC and other advocates served as amici curiae in the case.

Vermont Court Records: CNS v. Gabel and the Fight for Immediate Access
Attorney Robert Hemley discusses a recent lawsuit in Vermont to force state officials to provide immediate access to court filings. NEFAC and several media organizations are plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Courthouse News Service v. Gabel. The case will be heard by the U.S. District Court in Vermont.

Vermont Public Records: Demanding Transparency From Private Organizations
NEFAC’s Lia Ernst, a senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Vermont, explains why private entities performing essential government services should be subject to the Vermont public records law. Courts throughout the country already apply their state’s respective public records statutes to certain private entities, explained NEFAC and other advocates in an amicus brief drafted by Ernst and her colleagues at the ACLU.

Access to Vermont Courts During COVID-19: Speaking Up and Demanding Transparency
Tiffany Tan, a reporter at the Bennington Banner, explains how access to the Vermont judicial system has been limited during the COVID-19 pandemic and why citizens should be demanding more transparency.

The EB-5 Scandal: Local Journalism, Public Records and Fighting for the Right to Know in Vermont
Anne Galloway, editor and founder of VTDigger, discusses her newsroom’s ongoing legal effort to obtain public records related to the state’s EB-5 scandal.

Police in Schools: Transparency Concerns and the Challenges of Keeping SROs Accountable
Derek Brouwer at Seven Days describes an incident at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans and the challenges of reporting on School Resource Officers (SROs) in Vermont.

Vermont Criminal Justice: Public Records, Police Misconduct and NPRmageddon  | Liam Elder-Connors, reporter for Vermont Public Radio, describes a surprising public records response involving the state’s attorney general, efforts to expose police misconduct and an appearance on NPRmageddon.